With a warm and elegant effect, always appreciated, the parquet never goes out of fashion and is not afraid of current trends or the passage of time. In fact, although with use it can have a more embodied look, it always retains its beauty and the warmth that only wood is able to provide.
Parquet: finished or solid?
The parquet the most popular is the finished multilayerconsisting of 2 or 3 layers and, as the name suggests, is ready to lay. The upper part is made of precious wood, ie real hardwood or coniferous wood, and must have a thickness of 2.5 mm or more. Generally, if it is 2-layer, the lower part is a birch or recomposed wooden support; if it is 3-layer, it has an extra balancing layer.
The parquet solid wood is more valuableprecisely because it is made exclusively of precious wood, but today it is little used for higher costs. It is usually delivered rough, must be smoothed and finished after laying.
The multi-layer parquet is in noble essence of Tuscan oak by Maro Cristiani, obtained from trees grown according to the dictations of the Forest Guard. The layer of hardwood has a thickness of 3 or 4 mm. The strips have a width from 10 to 20 cm, length from 100 to 240 cm, thickness 14 mm. Available with natural, brushed, painted or brushed finish. Natural costs 79.90 euros / sqm + VAT. www.cristiani.it
The parquet is available in many wood essences, even if they Oak tree it is the most popular for its value, resistance, hardness, versatility and value for money.
From an aesthetic point of view, the parquet also differs in the finish. Each wood essence has its own characteristics of tone and color, and it is possible to choose one natural finish it exalts it, however there are also special treatments and processes which changes its appearance or creates special effects, such as antique, bleaching, brushing and pickling.
The treatment can also be performed with paint that highlights the veins or colors them, for example with darker tones.
Wood must also be preserved over time, which is why it can have one protective treatment with natural oil or waxsometimes also used together, which nourishes it and protects it from stains and wear.
Materic Oak parquet from Unikolegno is enriched by surface material effects and small depressions. The layer of hardwood has a thickness of 4.5 mm and the strips have a total thickness of 16.5 mm. Various finishes, including Evo which highlights its deliberately raw and natural appearance, and which can also be oiled with organic natural oil, waxed with a protective layer of beeswax and natural waxes or painted. Width 8-16-19.5 cm; length: 160/180/200 cm. www.unikolegno.it
The multifaceted Monolith surface from Woodco’s Signature collection has been achieved with thin Slavic oak slats placed across the length of the support, made of birch plywood. The slats are 40/60 cm wide and 230 cm long, 15 mm thick. 8 versions, including ecru oak, with finishes with water-based or oil wax varnishes. Price: 98.50 euros / sqm. www.woodco.it
Parquet laying systems
The most commonly used laying techniques are liquid or gluedalways on a smooth and even surface.
The floating installation is achieved thanks to the interlocking of the slats, glued to the hips. It has the advantage of being fast, it is suitable for do-it-yourself and can be easily removed. An insulation mat should be placed on the bottom to absorb footfall sounds.
There glued mountinginstead, it fixes the parquet firmly to the bottom, which becomes one with it, which also reduces the problem of any noise.
Oxford by Schedule is a finished parquet with ind designed interlocking system that facilitates dry liquid installation. It is 3-layer with the noble layer in 3.6 mm thick oak hardwood. Available in 19.5 cm wide, 220 cm long and 14 mm thick planks, it offers a brushed surface finish and a range of 6 colors. The finish is a very protective oil effect matt lacquer, which makes it warm and textured. Price: from 115 to 150 euros / sqm + VAT. www.skema.eu/it
In principle, the parquet can also be laid in the presence of underfloor heatingunless the manufacturer advises against it.
The finished parquet Oak Bleached Flex White for sale by Iperceramica has brushed finish and slats bevelled on 4 sides, also suitable for liquid or glued interlocking installation. It is in 3 layers, where the noble part has a thickness of 2.7 mm and a total thickness of 14 mm. Each plank is 90 cm wide and 190 cm long. It can also be installed in the presence of underfloor heating. Price: 59.99 euros / sqm. www.perceramica.it
There are several possible laying patterns that modify the final look of the floor and have one important role in defining the design of the environment. The form must be selected on the basis of the size and type of space, using slats of dimensions that fit the form and vice versa, both short and long or of certain formats.
Medoc from the Natural Genius collection by Listone Giordano is a parquet in French oak, from Terra di Vigna finish decorated with natural wine colors. It has a special trapezoidal, which is inspired by the taper of tree trunks. The finish is natural oil. The width varies from 13 to 19 cm, length 94.4 cm, thickness 18 mm, with the noble part of 3.5 mm. The support is in birch plywood. Price: from 275 euros / sqm + VAT. www.listonegiordano.com
Pinto di Tavar is a parquet inspired by ship floors, with a special interlocking system, a skull, typical of shipbuilding and a patented geometry. It is in 2 layers, built of a 3 mm noble European oak lamella, combined with a birch compensating plywood. The surface is smooth or brushed and the recommended mounting is glued. 3 lengths: 104.85, 122.32 and 139.2 cm; width 10.8 cm, thickness 10 mm. Price: from 110 euros / sqm + VAT. www.tavar.it
Among laying patterns the most common is the laying pattern ship deckswith parallel but offset slats el to runarranged in a regular and constant manner, herringbone, Hungarian stick (with slats with rounded corners), chessboard or in tiles.
It is made with European forests from controlled growth forests and eco-compatible processing techniques the finished two-layer Cleverpark parquet from Bauwerk, with a 2.5 mm thick noble layer. It is available in 6 different wood essences, 4 finishes and 15 oak colors. The slats are long and narrow: 10 cm wide and 125 cm long, ideal for pose to run. Price: from 100 euros / sqm + VAT. www.bauwerk-parkett.com/ch-it
The Antico Asolo parquet from the CP Parquet Natura collection is here laid in a Hungarian herringbone pattern. Here it is in two layers, in brushed white oiled European oak. Width 9 / 13.5 cm; length: 60/100 cm, thickness 11/14 mm. It is certified for the very low emissions of voc (organic compounds flown), in addition, the environmentally friendly transparent varnish highlights its natural beauty. Photo by Giuseppe Gradella. www.cpparquet.it
In which rooms can parquet be laid?
The parquet is nice in all environments, from the living room to the bedrooms, as it manages to make spaces comfortable and inviting. Is it possible also place it in the kitchen and bathroomhowever it may be treated to become waterproofit is also necessary to avoid water stagnation.
It can be laid even in the kitchen 3-layer Boen Longstrip Ship Tolda Parquet, with 3.5 mm Noble. The locking system facilitates installation. It is available in ash, maple, cherry, American walnut, beech, oak and smoked oak in 3 finishes, including Live Matt, a non-toxic varnish that gives a matte and natural effect similar to oil-treated wood, which increases its resistance. That large format tables they are 21.5 cm wide and 220 cm long, 14 mm thick. Price: from 70 euros / sqm + VAT. www.boen.com/it-it/